"State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids (TCHK) to promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school agencies, early childhood programs, and communities. The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.
Rigorous research confirms the clear connection between health, learning, and attendance:
Healthy children are: * more successful in school * miss fewer days of school * are more attentive and well-behaved, and * are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.
Health disparities contribute to the achievement gap
Superintendent Torlakson has long been a champion for students’ health. He knows that healthy students not only excel academically, but also are more likely to be positively engaged in social, community and extra-curricular activities. The benefits of supporting student health are far reaching.
The goals for the first two years of the campaign are to: * Increase physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools and communities. * Increase access to water and fresh foods, particularly salad bars."
"For the first time ever, GroundSpark is hosting a Bay Area two-day Respect for All ProjectInstitute (tentative dates Feb 6 & 7, 2015) to provide professional development in creating inclusive, safe schools and communities for young people of all identities and cultures.
Join us for this rare opportunity for a low-cost, in-depth training program–providing tools, curriculum, personal growth and action planning opportunities for professionals working with students in grades K–12.
"Make a difference in your community and connect one-on-one with a child or young adult. Our coalition offers a wide variety of mentoring opportunities. What can be more rewarding than to have a positive impact on a young person?
Find out more and come to our Mentoring Celebration! Please register using the form below or call the Office of Supervisor Cortese at 408-299-5030.
FREE Mentoring Outreach Meet up & Celebration When: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10:00AM – 12:30PM *Light refreshments provided Where: County Government Center, 70 West Hedding, San Jose
*Free Parking is available in the County employee "C" parking lot on Hedding and First Streets
"We will be holding identical screening events at two different showtimes on January 29, 2015. The morning screening will be held from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon screening will be held from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE EVENT The event will feature a screening of Sweet Revenge: Turning the Tables on Processed Food– an American Public Television program sponsored by FIRST 5 and The Health Trust.
In the program, Dr. Robert Lustig, a New York Times best-selling author and a pediatric neuroendocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, explains the science behind how our bodies work and where sugar is hiding in the food and drinks we consume every day.
After the screening, you will have the chance to speak with Dr. Lustig and ask questions regarding the dangers of processed foods. We will also announce our mini-grant opportunity.
ABOUT THE MINI-GRANTS
The Sweet Revenge Mini-Grants are a one-time funding opportunity for community-based organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups in Santa Clara County.
Selected applicants will use grant funding to host a viewing of Sweet Revenge for their target community, raising awareness of the health risks associated with high levels of sugar consumption and encouraging healthier eating behavior changes at the consumer, organizational, and policy levels.
Specific information regarding funding and the application process will be announced live at the event. We hope to see you there!"
"AFFIRM is an academic program focusing on African American students which emphasize the successful completion of the “cognitive core” areas of study. The program identifies the English, Math, and Science disciplines as the “cognitive core” because these three disciplines lie at the heart of a student’s academic achievement and performance throughout the general/transfer educational curricula. A Guidance course is also offered as part of our program."
"Partnership for Children & Youth is a California-based non-profit organization that finds funding, partners and solutions to help schools better serve students, and informs state and national public policy on education issues."
Inclusion Support Warm Line Free support, information and referrals for including children with special needs or disabilities in your community. Each Warm Line Specialist has over 5 years of experience working with parents and providers in special education and general education.
Child Care Connection Your child will need more specialized care, and it’s important to make sure the child care provider or educator you choose has the training and resources to give your child the care she needs. The right care can make a big difference in your child’s future. For help finding care, call Child Care Connection 408.487.0749 www.4c.org
Look for Support Both you and your child may need emotional support and/or advice for finding the right information and resources. The most encouraging help may come from other parents who have children with disabilities or special needs FIRST 5 partner agency, Parents Helping Parents (PHP) helps Santa Clara County children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them. For more information visit www.php.com.
"Each year, Bill Wilson Center serves more than 10,000 clients in Santa Clara County through our various programs. Bill Wilson Center programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy. Bill Wilson Center is committed to working with the community to ensure that every youth has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to runaway and homeless youth since 1973." http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/
"At NCPIE, our mission is simple: to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people.
How We Make a Difference
Our coalition seeks to:
Serve as a visible representative for strong parent and family involvement initiatives at the national level.
Conduct activities that involve the coalition's member organizations and their affiliates and constituencies in efforts to increase family involvement.
Provide resources and legislative information that can help member organizations promote parent and family involvement."...
"ARCC fosters healthy communities by increasing family cohesiveness, school success, and personal development through counseling, mentoring, and life skills education among high-risk youth in Santa Clara County"
For full flyer, click here: http://bit.ly/beyondmentoring. Please note that due to space limitations, the event on the 28th is at capacity. For further information, to support, or if any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Wilbur Jackson at email@example.com.
"Seeking to prevent the early onset of mental illness in the youth population of Santa Clara County through early education and awareness, consistent treatment and community involvement, the Raising Early Awareness and Creating Hope (REACH) Program launched its services in an effort to help address this growing mental health issue.
The program, based on the early detection models from the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Training Institute in Portland, Maine, is a collaboration of efforts between Momentum for Mental Health and Starlight Community Services. The core mission of REACH is to help detect early warning signs of psychosis that may pose a threat to young adults, and to provide effective support and treatment. Though often subtle, early symptoms of psychosis can be disabling and affect young people’s ability to complete schoolwork, interact socially, and accomplish daily tasks."...
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This is a free community event Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be served Presenter: San Jose Councilman Charles "Chappie" Jones Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) is a national program initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., for African American young men between the ages of 11-18. The workshop goals are to encourage and enhance academic success and assist young men in their social emotional growth.
Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., San Jose Alumnae Chapter in collaboration with: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Sigma Lambda chapter.
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"The Strength of Community. The Power of Education"
'The Bay Area Tutoring Association is a dynamic academic support and enrichment 501c(3) organization designed to complement our education system. It is comprised of a collective of educators, tutors, parents, students, community members, grass roots organizations and business leaders with a shared desire to invest in the future prosperity of the San Francisco Bay Area through the facilitation of student academic development, parent empowerment and quality extended learning programs.
Our core pillars are tutor training, educational programs and services, parent and student awareness. We strongly believe a trained, properly equipped and confident tutor can be a critical component to the life success of anyone, especially a child in need of academic support. We also believe parent and student awareness increase opportunity and equity for all. Every employee, contractor and volunteer affiliated with the Bay Area Tutoring Association is required to perform with integrity and adhere to ethical standards beyond reproach.
Our Social Commitment to Community
The Bay Area Tutoring Association is socially committed to the S.F. Bay Area community at large. We continually strive to develop an environment that nurtures life long learning and community support so individuals may achieve their greatest personal and professional aspirations, and lead happier, more meaningful lives."...
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"Akoma" comes from the Akan language, the principal language of Ghana in West Africa. It means patience, endurance, consistency, and faithfulness and represented by a heart symbol. To say that one has his heart in his stomach is to say that one is very tolerant.The Adrinkra symbol for Akoma is the "Heart"
Akoma is a multi-ethnic group of musicians, singers, dancers and visual artists whose mission is to help bring together the various South Bay communities through performance. We take our audiences through several stages of the African and African American experience by utilizing African American and Praise songs and African American Folk Songs and Spirituals. Our message is positive, informative and promotes healing and unity"...
"In the South Bay Area (Santa Clara County + the Fremont area) there are currently more than 500 young people on waiting lists for Mentors. These are young people seeking support and guidance; we want to make sure they get it.
We have a simple goal: to connect adults in our community with young people seeking guidance and support. We are lucky to have a dozen agencies offering well-developed mentoring services to young people and volunteers. We know mentoring works; it always has. Mentoring is about relationships, and healthy relationships are the bedrock of human development. Healthy people need support, encouragement, and guidance. We are in the business of developing healthy people."...
Alum Rock Counseling Center
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Fresh Lifelines for Youth
Youthbuild - a program of the San Jose Conservation Corps
"Oriki Theater is a non profit community based theater, that provides opportunities for our communities to have a shared experience of the real Africa, its people and their way of life through a unique combination of dance, drama, music, poetry, chants, folk stories and the drum. Founded in 1992, Oriki Theater has over thirty public engagements yearly. From outreach programs in local schools to season productions, the theater seeks to provide various ways for participants to experience Africa, it’s people and their way of life."...
"School-Linked Services (SLS) offers on-site school-based services to heal and strengthen individuals, families and systems by addressing needs and risks faced by children, youth and families. SLS coordinates services provided by schools, public agencies and community-based organizations throughout Santa Clara County to improve results, enhance accessibility, and to support children’s success in school and in life."
"BANPAC is a regional collaborative of over 200 health-related organizations dedicated to empowering communities to make system and environmental change to support better nutrition, physical activity and increased access to healthy foods."
"Common Sense Media believes in strong partnerships between home and school. That's why we've designed a free program to help parents and caregivers navigate and discuss the impact of digital media on kids' social, emotional, and intellectual development. Using resources based on our K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, educators and parents, together, can empower young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning and life -- both in the classroom and at home."
"...Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years of life. During this critical period, a window of opportunity exists to help shape how a child’s brain matures and to lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. While the early period in children’s development is absolutely critical to their future success, it is also where public investments are lowest.
FIRST 5 provides all children ages 0-5 with programs and services that ensure children are born and remain healthy, receive more from their education, and become productive adults."...
"Previously known as Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, Healthier Kids Foundation (HKF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose focus is on raising funds to ensure access to and advocacy for health care services for all children through family-centered and innovative approaches. Through the Foundation, community leaders, community members, foundations, corporations, local businesses, friends, and other supporters can contribute funds to help achieve the goal of providing every child in Santa Clara County with access to quality health care through insurance."